Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A POSITION AT LAIKA?
Click here to apply for a position on the LAIKA career page and to review our open positions. Acceptable resume formats include: PDF (.pdf), MS Word (.doc/.docx), Plain Text (.txt), or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
CAN I APPLY BY JUST SENDING IN MY RESUME?
Due to the volume of requests, we only review applicants who have applied through our Greenhouse applicant tracking system. We cannot accept applications via email or US mail.
TO WHOM CAN I ADDRESS MY RESUME OR COVER LETTER?
If you choose to create a cover letter, please address it to Recruiting.
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A DEMO REEL OR PORTFOLIO WITH MY APPLICATION?
Yes. Due to the volume of materials we receive, we must restrict our recruitment process to only those applicants that have provided us with enough information to make an informed decision. Only applications with relevant work samples, portfolios, and/or reels will be considered.
DO I NEED TO SEND YOU A MATERIALS SUBMISSION AGREEMENT IF I APPLIED ONLINE?
There is no need to attach a copy of this agreement to your online application or to mail us a hard copy. When you apply online, you authorize approval of the agreement by selecting “YES” to our Employment Disclaimer and Materials Submission Agreement, which grants us permission to view your materials.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A POSITION HAS BEEN CLOSED OR IF I AM NO LONGER IN CONSIDERATION?
LAIKA removes all job listings on the LAIKA Career Opportunity page once a decision has become finalized. Therefore, all job postings located at http://www.laika.com/careers are current and up-to-date. A member from our Recruiting department will only contact you if it is determined your skills and experience match the position.
I HAVE MY OWN COMPANY, HOW DO I SET UP A COMPANY PROFILE?
Due to the volume of requests and our standardized hiring practices, we must limit ourselves to screening only individual applicants—not companies—that have registered with us in our Greenhouse applicant tracking system.
I AM A MUSICIAN, HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MUSIC FOR CONSIDERATION?
LAIKA does not accept unsolicited audio material or voice talent submissions
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL STEPS WHEN APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
We encourage anyone interested in career opportunities at LAIKA to familiarize themselves with the required qualifications for the various visas (O-1, TN, H-1B, etc.). If you meet those qualifications, apply directly to our site for positions that you match your skill set. For more information regarding work visas, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.
Please be mindful that if you do not meet these qualifications, your international application cannot be considered. Please take the time to carefully review this information before applying as it will impact your ability to work anywhere in the United States.
Questions about LAIKA and Benefits
DO YOU HIRE STAFF POSITIONS, OR ARE THEY PROJECT-BASED?
LAIKA generally offers two types of employment opportunities for interested candidates:
Project staff jobs are temporary positions that do not include benefits, and are designed to fill short-term business needs of less than one year.
Regular staff positions, that include the provision of benefits, are openings that the production is forecasting a business need for over one year.
Please check our job openings to orient yourself with the current positions available and how they might fit your particular skills and career interests.
WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS DO YOU OFFER?
LAIKA offers a competitive benefits package. Regular staff benefits include:
- Medical/Dental/Prescription Coverage
- Paid Time Off
- Base Life Insurance
- Long-term Disability
- 401(k) Match Plan
DO YOU OFFER RELOCATION ASSISTANCE?
LAIKA offers relocation assistance for some positions. The benefit amount varies depending on the type of position, department budgets, and production schedules.
I WILL BE VISITING PORTLAND, COULD I GET A TOUR OR MEET WITH A RECRUITER WHILE IN TOWN?
We are not able to accommodate individual tours of the studio, and, unfortunately, we are unable to meet with every applicant. If it is determined your skills and experience match a position, our Recruiting department will contact you.
I’D LIKE TO ASK ONE OF YOUR ARTISTS OR RECRUITERS FOR SOME ADVICE ON GETTING STARTED, COULD YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE SO THAT I CAN ASK THEM SOME QUESTIONS?
Due to the volume of requests we are simply unable to offer informational interviews or career advice. A member from our Recruiting department will contact you if it is determined your skills and experience match a position.
Please understand that we are unable to release any employee’s personal contact information. Instead, we suggest you utilize the career centers and/or professors at your school or institution of interest.
WHERE WOULD I GET THE TRAINING NECESSARY TO WORK AS AN ARTIST AT LAIKA?
There are many schools with programs in art and/or technology that can provide a student with a strong educational foundation. LAIKA employees come from a variety of different schools and programs, including but not limited to:
- Gnomon School of Visual Effects
- Ringling School of Art and Design
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Sheridan College
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- Oregon College of Art and Craft
- Art Institute of Portland
MY HIGH SCHOOL REQUIRES ME TO PARTICIPATE IN A JOB SHADOW PROGRAM AND I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND THE DAY AT LAIKA, WOULD YOU LET ME SHADOW ONE OF YOUR ARTISTS OR WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
Unfortunately, our production schedule prevents us from participating in job shadow programs.
CAN I VOLUNTEER AT LAIKA?
Please understand that it is not possible to volunteer at LAIKA. FLSA restrictions prevent the use of volunteers for non-civic, non-charitable, or non-humanitarian reasons.
WHAT KIND OF ENTRY-LEVEL OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU OFFER?
LAIKA offers trainee and entry-level positions in a variety of production areas. All entry-level and internship positions are posted on our career page at http://www.laika.com/careers when available.
WHEN WILL SUMMER INTERNSHIPS BE POSTED ONLINE?
The deadline to apply for Summer 2018 Internships was Friday, April 20, by 6:00PM Pacific Standard Time. We will not be accepting any late applications.
Due to our tight production schedule, we are not able to host interns during the spring, fall or winter terms.
WHAT ARE LAIKA'S INTERNSHIP QUALIFICATIONS?
Students must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a college or a university, or within 1 year of their graduation. We will also accept postgraduate students who are currently enrolled in a relevant program. This stipulation has been put in place to abide by our established internship guidelines, and we cannot make exceptions.
ARE LAIKA INTERNSHIPS PAID?
Yes, LAIKA only offers paid internships. We do not offer internships for college credit.
WILL LAIKA COVER HOUSING FOR INTERNS?
LAIKA offers some assistance with housing; full details shared upon hire.
WILL I NEED A REEL OR PORTFOLIO TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Yes. Due to the volume of materials we receive, we must restrict our recruitment process to only those applicants that have provided us with enough information to make an informed decision.
WHAT SHOULD I SHOWCASE IN MY PORTFOLIO?
For guidance on what to showcase in your portfolio, please seek direction from your career advisor and/or career center at your current school.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP?
Students must be available for eight consecutive weeks; most internships last twelve weeks.
WHAT TYPES OF INTERN DOES LAIKA HIRE?
LAIKA hires a variety of individuals with a range of skills and talents. Each year, our internship positions change, but we have previously had programs that included:
- Art Fabrication Intern
- Costume Design Intern
- Costume Fabricator Intern
- Stop Motion Animation Intern
- CG Animation Intern
- RP CG Rigging Intern
CAN I APPLY TO YOUR INTERNSHIPS IF I AM NOT IN COLLEGE OR GRADUATED SEVERAL YEARS AGO?
Unfortunately, no. We only accept junior or senior-level college students or individuals who are no more than 1 year beyond their graduation that have already shown exceptional promise within their specialty. We will also accept postgraduate students who are currently enrolled in a relevant program.
WHAT IF MY SCHOOL IS NOT LISTED IN THE DROP DOWN MENU?
If you do not see your school, degree or discipline listed, please select “Other” from the menu options.
DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS?
Unfortunately, we do not offer international internship opportunities. We have not established the formal parameters required in legally obtaining a J-1 visa. We encourage international candidates interested in employment opportunities at LAIKA to familiarize themselves with the qualifications required for the various visas (O-1, TN, H-1B, etc.) and to investigate whether or not you meet those legal requirements. For more information regarding work visas, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/.
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